Billy Copeland, Sr., 78, of Independence, Mo., passed away peacefully June 23, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness. 

Billy Copeland, Sr., 78, of Independence, Mo., passed away peacefully June 23, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy illness.  

Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Monday, June 28, 2010, at Forest Hill Cemetery, 6901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, Mo. The family requests no flowers.  

He was a proud Korean War Veteran. He was employed at Kentworth Dart Trucking Company for 32 years.  

He is preceded death by his parents, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and son-in-law Vernon Brogdon.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Virginia Copeland, son Billy Copeland, Jr., of Bates City, Mo., 3 daughters Kathy Brogdon and Laura Meek, both of Independence, Mo., and Donna Barnes (Andy) of Lee’s Summit, Mo., 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.  

The family would like to thank NorthCare Hospice for their devotion and compassion.

Arrangements: Charter Funerals 816-921-5555.